Friday, October 5, 2012

Take Me Higher!


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.


Anyone who knows me knows I am a music lover!  Today's title is an off shoot of a song by the 70's funk and soul powerhouse band Sly and the Family Stone called "I Wanna Take You Higher".  It's a great tune if you get a chance to listen to it you should check it out!  

Do you know that your higher power wants to take you higher?  Now before you get all mad that I'm bringing up a 'higher power' or the notion of 'God' or "religion", please hear me out before you dismiss the rest of the article.  If you don't know how to swim and you fall into the deep end of a pool, there is a great chance that you are going to drown and subsequently die.  If I happen to be at the same pool in which you are drowning, I could jump in and save you (literally, I'm a certified lifeguard).  However, the first rule in lifeguard work is NEVER jump in to save someone who is argumentative and will not submit to your expertise.  So, if I say to you, "Hey, start acting like you're riding a bike and you'll stay afloat."  And then you reply, "Drop dead, I'm not gonna act like I'm riding a bike in a pool.  Only stupid people do that!"  And I reply, "Please just do it, I can come save you if you listen to me."  Eventually you have a choice to make: listen to me, accept my help and live, or die.  That's it.  No other options.  

At that moment, I am a power greater than you.  I am your 'higher power' because I can save your life.  That is, I can do for you what you cannot do for yourself.  However, it requires participation on your part.  Will you participate and live or foolishly and stubbornly drown a horrible death.  Clue: Choose life!

Now, back to the discussion of religion and higher power(s), personally I don't care what you believe.  I care more that you stay clean.  You are free to believe what you want and I am free to agree or disagree with your beliefs as you are my beliefs.  That is the beauty of the 12 step tradition.  Many people who are atheists or agnostics choose to follow a self-improvement program in the place an actual religion belief(s).  For example, as I type this article for our blog, there are literally billions of people that get up each day and choose to stay sober in spite of the cirumstances life hands them.  That is amazing when you think about it.  They use good nutrition, healthy sleeping habits, exercise, relational management, career goals and other things to remain healthy and sober.

This weekend, why not consider your relationship with your higher power, if you have one, and if you don't, perhaps consider what a higher power might do to help you in sobriety.  A Higher Power is important because we lack the power to stay clean on our own.  It is only when we surrender to something bigger, more powerful, and more compassionate than ourselves do we begin to gain strength and vision to carry on in sobriety and recovery.  Who or what is your higher power?  If you can't answer that question, give yourself the gift of the journey of exploration into a relationship with a higher power of your choice.  You will be amazed at the way your life will change!

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We love serving addicts and alcoholics.  Our detox is kind of like a 'chemical higher power", so to speak, as it helps you get clean so you can help yourself in into recovery once you are sober and detoxed.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  Help, hope and healing begin here!

P.S. Sly and the Family Stone's "I Wanna Take You Higher"...
http://bit.ly/3vnhDD

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